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    Which of the following is the second country to legalize, Euthanasia for children? Ans : (3)
    1. Noway 2. Brazil 3. Belgium 4. Australia 5. France

    Explanation: Parliament of Belgium on 14 February 2014 legalised death to terminally ill children of any age. The Parliament took the decision despite of opposition from the Church and some pediatricians. This action of legalizing death for the children came 12 years after the country legalised euthanasia for adults

    Which is the first Indian state to legally ban smokeless tobacco? Ans : (5)
    1. Himachal Pradesh 2. Arunachal Pradesh 3. Gujarat 4. Goa 5. Asom

    Explanation: Assam became the first state to legally ban the consumption of all forms of smokeless tobacco including pan masala containing tobacco and nicotine within the State on 13 February 2014

    According to Central Statistical Organization's projection, India's growth in this economic year will be? Ans : (1)
    1. 4.9% 2. 3.9% 3. 5.9% 4. 6% 5. 6.8%

    Explanation: Central Statistics Office (CSO) in its release on 8 February 2014 estimated that India's economic growth in the current (2013-14) fiscal will be 4.9 percent as compared to the growth rate of 4.5 percent in 2012-13. In its release, CSO said that the growth rate in the manufacturing and mining sectors will continue to remain a cause of concern

    Harish Rawat is the new Chief Minister of which of the following state? Ans : (2)
    1. Punjab 2. Uttarkhand 3. Asom 4. Mizoam 5. Manipur

    Explanation: Harish Rawat was sworn as the eighth Chief Minister of Uttarkhand on 1st February. Before he become CM, he was the Union water resources Minister. Uttarkhand is the twenty seventh state of India.

    The head qauarter of Microsoft is in which city? Ans : (4)
    1. New York 2. Geneva 3. Moscow 4. Washington 5. None

    Explanation: Microsoft is an American Multinational Company. It is in Washington. This company was in news recently because Satya Nadella has become its Chief Executive Officer. He belongs to Hyderabad. He is the third CEO of this prestigious company. Before him Steve Balliner was the Chief Executive Officer.

    In which country, for the first time World Bridge Championship will be held in 2015? Ans : (3)
    1. Brazil 2. Spain 3. India 4. USA 5. Britain

    Explanation: World Bridge Championship for Bermuda Bowl (men) and Venice Cup (women) will be hosted by India for the first time in October 2015. This was announced by the World Bridge Federation (WBF) on 17 February 2014

    Who among the following has got International Gandhi Award for the year 2013? Ans : (1)
    1. Vijay Kumar, Vinayak Dongre 2. Vinayak Dongre, Eliza imphe 3. Eliza Imphe, Vijay Kumar 4. Vinayak Dongre, Ashish Sawant 5. None

    Explanation: Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India on 15 February 2014 presented the International Gandhi Award for the year 2013 to Dr. Vijaykumar Vinayak Dongre (VV Dongre) and Prof. Guocheng Zhang at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. They were awarded for making outstanding contributions in the field of leprosy to eradicate the disease through treatment, training and research.

    According to Union Agricultural Ministry, the food grain output will reach to....? Ans : (2)
    1. 153.2 million tonnes 2. 263.2 million tonnes 3. 300 million tonnes
    4. 100 million tonnes 5. None

    Explanation: Union Agriculture Ministry released the Second advance estimates of Crop Production on 14 February 2014. As per the estimate, Foodgrain production is likely to touch a record of 263.2 million tonnes in 2013-14, as against the benchmark high of 259 million tonnes achieved in 2011-12. This would be the highest foodgrain production ever achieved in the country.

    Which of the following is the first state to achieve 100% sanitation, under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan? Ans : (3)
    1. Mahsrashtra 2. Gujarat 3. Sikkim 4. Delhi 5. Goa

    Explanation: Sikkim became the first State in India to achieve 100 percent sanitation coverage under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyaan Scheme on 9 February 2014. Sikkim achieved 100 per cent sanitation in rural and urban households, schools, sanitary complexes and Aanganwadi centres

    For how many Nations, India has decided to extend Visa-On-Arrival facility from August, 2014 onwards? Ans : (4)
    1. 150 2. 160 3. 170 4. 180 5. 190

    Explanation: India on 5 February 2014 extended the facility of visa-on-arrival for the tourists of 180 nations after barring tourists of eight nations. The decision has extended the facility to 180 countries from 11 nation tourists available at present including Finland, the Philippines, Singapore and Japan. The decision was made in order to boost tourism activity in the country

    Irani Cup is associated with? Ans : (3)
    1. Foot Ball 2. Hockey 3. Cricket 4. Kabaddi 5. None

    Explanation: Irani Cup is associated with Cricket. Karnataka won the Irani Cup for the fifth time beating Rest of India in the final held at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on 12 February 2014. Karnataka beat Rest of India by an innings and 222 runs to win the trophy

    Who among the following is the Chairman of International Cricket Council? Ans : (2)
    1. Sharad Pawar 2. Srinivasan 3. Raghuram 4. Purushottham 5. None

    Explanation: Narayanswamy Srinivasan, the President of BCCI on 8 February 2014 was elected as the new Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC). His tenure of the office will begin in July 2014 for a period of 2 years. This decision was taken by the ICC Board during their meet in Singapore. He will succeed Alan Raymond Isaac

    Abdyldaev Erlan Bekeshovich has visited India recently, he is the foreign minister of which of the following country? Ans : (1)
    1. Kyrgyz Republic 2. Syria 3. Israel 4. Pakistan 5. Tazikisthan

    Explanation: India on 14 February 2014 signed two agreements with Kyrgyz Republic during the visit of Abdyldaev Erlan Bekeshovich, Foreign Minister of Kyrgyz to India. The two sides exchanged documents to facilitate mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and to simplify visa regime for diplomatic and official passport holders

    With which of the following country India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Renewable energy? Ans : (3)
    1. Russia 2. Britain 3. Netharlands 4. China 5. Spain

    Explanation: India and Netherlands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for intensifying cooperation on renewable energy on 11 February 2014. The MoU was signed between the Dutch Ambassador Alphonsus Stoelinga and the Secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Satish Balram Agnihotri.

    Enrico letta was the Prime Minister of which of the following country? Ans : (3)
    1. Spain 2. France 3. Italy 4. Germany 5. None

    Explanation: Letta was the Prime MInistger of Italy. He resigned on 14th February. Letta was forced to announce his resignation after his own Democratic Party overwhelmingly backed a motion by its new leader Renzi calling for a new government.

    How many days, the Aam Aadmi Party was in power? Ans : (2)
    1. 47 2. 48 3. 30 4. 50 5. 55

    Explanation: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned on 14th February after failing to table the Jan Lokpal bill in the assembly, ending 48 days of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rule in the capital. Kejriwal, who became chief minister Dec 28 at the head of a minority government backed by the Congress, had threatened to quit if he failed to push ahead with the bill aimed at curbing corruption in high places.

    Which of the following country has decided to construct world's longest tunnel? Ans : (5)
    1. Japan 2. Russia 3. North Korea 4. South Korea 5. China

    Explanation: China plans to build the world's longest underwater tunnel beneath the Bohai Sea by 2026, connecting the port cities of Dalian in Liaoning province and Yantai in Shandong province

    Who is the new ICAI president? Ans : (1)
    1. K. Raghu 2. I. Aish Vidwan 3. J. Harsha Roy 4. Kailash 5. None

    Explanation: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), on 13th February announced that K. Raghu had taken over charge of President and Manoj Fadnis had been selected as the Vice-President of the institute for 2014-15. The institute also announced the launch of its new mobile application

    Who among the following has got AIFF player of the year? Ans : (2)
    1. Samantha Roy 2. Sunil Chhetri 3. Firdaus 4. Nandu Shyam 5. None

    Explanation: Sunil Chhetri was awarded the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Player of the Year prize by the federation on 13th February. The Indian captain had won this award in 2007 and 2011 also.

    Who among the following is the Yahoo's Managing Director of India? Ans : (4)
    1. Steven Ailson 2. Mc Kallinan 3. Kishore Rawat 4. Gurmit Singh 5. Preet Singh

    Explanation: Tech giant Yahoo has appointed Gurmit Singh as managing director of its India operations. Singh will oversee the web portal's business in India and will be responsible for growth in the country. He will report to India and South East Asia VP and head Yvonne Chang, Yahoo said. Singh was previously chief executive officer of Forbes India at Network 18.

    To promote innovation, Government has decided to promote how many hubs during 12th five year plan? Ans : (3)
    1. 40 2. 50 3. 60 4. 70 5. 80

    Explanation: The government would set up 60 hubs across the country to promote innovation, creativity and engagement in science by 2017.

    Who is the new director of Administrative tribunal of Asian Development Bank? Ans : (1)
    1. Lakshmi Swaminathan 2. Prasanna Kumari 3. Lavanya Patil 4. Precilla 5. None

    Explanation: Lakshmi Swaminathan has been elected as the President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Asian Development Bank, she has been hailed from Chennai. She will be the first Indian to head the Tribunal, and her tenure will be for three years. Prior to this appointment, she was a member of the Tribunal, and has also been its Acting President since August, 2013. Ms. Swaminathan was the Vice-Chairman at the principal bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal in New Delhi

    Who among the following is the largest donor in 2013 in USA? Ans : (2)
    1. Bill Gates 2. Mark Zuckerberg 3. Warren Buffet 4. Karl slym 5. None

    Explanation: Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan were the largest philanthropic donors in the United States in 2013, donating nearly 1 billion dollars to charity, according to the annual list published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The tech billionaire, whose net worth is estimated at almost 20 billion dollars, donated 992 million dollars to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which provides grants to several non-profit organisations in the tech region.

    With which of the following India has agreed a MoU on renewable energy? Ans : (3)
    1. Norway 2. Netherlands 3. Holland 4. Russia 5. China

    Explanation: India and the Netherlands on 11th February signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in renewable energy. Under this agreement, an Indo-Dutch Joint Working Group will be set up and the exchange of technical and institutional knowledge on clean energy will be facilitated

    Which country has decided to open a consulate in Bangalore? Ans : (1)
    1. Canada 2. USA 3. UK 4. Germany 5. Switzerland

    Explanation: Canada will open a consulate general office in Bangalore on February 26. The office of the Consulate General of Canada, to be located at the World Trade Centre in the city, will house a Visa and Immigration Service point serving the entire south India. The services are expected to commence by April. Canada has a consulate in Chennai and trade offices in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Kolkata